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Calendar of Events

JANUARY 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
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Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday | 9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Seaside Acrylic Flow Painting

January 7, Tuesday, 11am-1pm | $20 members/$50 non-members

Take inspiration from the ocean and beauty of Trunk Bay. Easy to learn techniques will be demonstrated. All materials will be provided to allow you to create two artworks. Led by retired NPS Ranger Deanna Sommerville.
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Seminar Series: Rums of the Caribbean

January 10, Friday, 3:30pm-5pm | $20 members/$50 non-members | Age 18+

Join us at Bajo el Sol Gallery and Art Bar for an exclusive introduction to the history of rum in the Caribbean including a top shelf aged-rum with a Puerto Rican chocolate pairing hosted by local rum curator Kim Holland.  Our thanks to Bajo el Sol and Kim Holland for generously donating their space and time.
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Seminar Series: Piracy in the Virgin Islands

January 22, Wednesday, 9:45am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Spend the day aboard m/v Sadie Sea with NPS lead archaeologist Ken Wild and learn about the rich history of piracy here in the Virgin Islands.

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Friends Annual Meeting

January 25, Saturday, 10am-12pm | Annaberg | Free

Please join us at Annaberg for the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park Annual Meeting.  National Park Service and Friends leaders will deliver updates on priorities for the Park in 2020.

The keynote address will be delivered by Shikima Jones-Sprauve, St. John Administrator.  In addition, a cultural showcase at the event will include bread making, gardening, charcoal making, and basket weaving demonstrations.

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

January 31, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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National Park Service Activities

Join these tours by NPS Rangers: 
Wednesday, 7:30pm-8:30pm, Night Sky Program
Friday, 7:30am-9am, Feathers of Francis Bay
Friday, 10am-11am, Sea Turtle Snorkel

For more information on these great opportunities to explore our Park, please visit the Virgin Islands National Park Facebook page, stop by the NPS Visitor Center in Cruz Bay, or call the Visitor Center at (340) 776-6201.

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FEBRUARY 2020

Friends Annual Gala & Golden Raffle

"Rediscovering Our Gifts"
Saturday, February 1, 2020, Cocktails at 6:30pm

Please join us for an elegant evening hosted by David and Rhonda McCay at their home "La Vita" in lower Peter Bay. Gala Ticket price includes fine wines and champagne, dinner by Chef Vincent Alterio, and music by Love City Pan Dragons and In de Sand Band. Plus, an invitation to bid in our incredible live and silent auctions! Additionally, Raffle Tickets and Golden Raffle Tickets are available for purchase-- you do not need to be present at the gala event to win in the raffles!
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Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday |9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Coral Bay Ridge to Reef Hike

February 3, Monday, 8am-12pm | Free for members/$30 non-members

Take a hike with Rachel McKinley, Coral Bay Community Council's Environmental Program Manager . Rachel will discuss the ecological issues that face St. John's water and land resources, current projects being undertaken, and the community’s vision for a more sustainable future.
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Seminar Series: Coastal Ecology Boat Trip

February 8, Saturday, 8:30am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Circumnavigate St. John aboard the m/v Low Key who have generously donated a boat and crew, with special guest speaker Rafe Boulon as he discusses the mangroves, coral reefs, and sea grass beds that surround our island.
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Seminar Series: Archeology by Sea

February 12, Wednesday, 9:45am-3pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Travel by m/v Sadie Sea along St. John’s beautiful north shore with NPS archaeologist Ken Wild as he presents prehistoric artifacts and discusses the rich history of the Virgin Islands.
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Seminar Series: Island Tour to Drunk Bay Hike & Snorkel

February 22, Saturday, 8am–1pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Join VI Expedition Co. who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to John’s Folly where you will spend the morning hiking and exploring the rugged beauty of Drunk Bay, followed by a snorkel stop at Salt Pond.
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Folklife Festival

February TBD | Free

This annual festival hosted by the National Park Service and sponsored by Friends is attended by hundreds of Virgin Island students as well as park visitors. It celebrates the islands’ rich cultural history and features traditional music, storytelling, arts and crafts, traditional foods, and activity stations. 

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

February 28, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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MARCH 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday |9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Steel Pan Class

March 6, Friday, 5pm-6:30pm | Free for members/$30 non-members

Learn the basics of traditional steel pan drumming from the Love City Pan Dragons, who have generously donated their time and expertise. Embrace the music of the Caribbean and the culture of the VI while you practice and play along with one of St. John’s favorite local bands.
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Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

March 9, Monday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
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Seminar Series: Marine Biology Boat Trip

March 14, Saturday, 9am-3pm | $75 members/ $105 non-members

Spend the day cruising around St. John aboard m/v Sadie Sea with NPS marine biologist Jeff Miller. Learn about the ecological threats facing our island’s marine resources and the steps being taken to protect them
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Seminar Series: Booby Rock Snorkel/Sunset Sail

March 22, Sunday, 1:45pm-6:30pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Join Captain Karl Pytlik, who has generously donated time and equipment.  Join him aboard the S/V Mahiya, a custom built 30’ catamaran, and experience an adventurous and informative snorkel at Booby Rock before sailing around Ram Head Point for sunset.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

March 27, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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APRIL 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday |9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Mangrove Snorkeling Boat Trip

April 1, Wednesday, 9am-12pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Leading researcher and UVI professor, Dr. Caroline Rogers will take you on a guided snorkel among the mangroves of Hurricane Hole and discuss this ecosystem in its post-storm condition.
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Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

April 7, Tuesday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
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Seminar Series: Island Tour to Drunk Bay Hike & Snorkel

April 11, Saturday, 8am–1pm | $45 members/$75 non-members

Join VI Expedition Co.who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to John’s Folly where you will spend the morning hiking and exploring the rugged beauty of Drunk Bay, followed by a snorkel stop at Salt Pond.
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Seminar Series: Piracy in the Virgin Islands

April 15, Wednesday, 7:45am-12pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Come aboard s/v Kekoa, who has generously donated time and equipment, for a half-day sail with VINP’s lead archeologist Ken Wild and learn about the rich history of piracy here in the Virgin Islands.

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Seminar Series: Booby Rock Snorkel/Sunset Sail

April 19, Sunday, 1:45pm-6:30pm | $75 members/$105 non-members

Join Captain Karl Pytlik, who has generously donated time and equipment.  Join him aboard the S/V Mahiya, a custom built 30’ catamaran, and experience an adventurous and informative snorkel at Booby Rock before sailing around Ram Head Point for sunset.
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Earth Day Celebration

April 22, Wednesday | Free 

Each year Friends puts together the annual environmental fair commemorating Earth Day.  This event is attended by virtually all school children on St. John as well as many school groups coming over from St. Thomas and focuses on the fields of natural and cultural resources, renewable energy, recycling, reef preservation, and environmental education.

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

April 24, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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Seminar Series: Kayak and Snorkel with Sea Turtles at Caneel Bay

April 29, Wednesday, 11am-1pm | $20 members/$50 non-members

Hop on a kayak with VI Ecotours, who has generously donated time and equipment. Paddle with your guide from Honeymoon Beach to Scott Beach. Bring your snorkel gear, because you’ll have the unforgettable experience of swimming with the sea turtles that roam the sea grass beds.
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MAY 2020

Volunteer Trail Crew

Every Tuesday and Thursday | 8am-2pm

Thank you for helping us maintain hiking trails, historical sites, and beaches. Meet at 8:00am at the Park Maintenance Area next to Mongoose Junction. We generally work until 2:00pm. Tools, gloves, ice water and transportation provided.
Learn More

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday |9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
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Seminar Series: Salt Pond Spa

May 6, Wednesday, 3pm–6pm | Free

This a DIY spa experience. Retired NPS Ranger Deanna Sommerville will introduce special features of the salt pond area and demonstrate the traditional uses of the local flora. You will enjoy a natural salt mud treatment and use native leaves and other plants to pamper your body in this exotic environment.
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Seminar Series: Kayak the Mangroves of Hurricane Hole

May 16, Saturday, 10am-3pm | $65 members/$95 non-members 

Join Arawak Expeditions, who has generously donated time and equipment, for a kayak tour through the Coral Reef National Monument; stop along the way to snorkel among the mangroves, reefs, and sea grass beds.
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Seminar Series: Salt Pond Botany and History Excursion

May 20, Wednesday, 9am-11am | Free members, $30 non-members

Take advantage of this unique opportunity to join horticulturalist Eleanor Gibney on a short hike to Drunk Bay where she’ll discuss the dry-land vegetation and the historic context of the salt pond and the cattle plantation era.
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Beach to Beach Power Swim

May 24, Sunday

On Sunday, May 24, 2020 Friends of Virgin Islands National Park hosts the 17th Annual Beach-to-Beach Power Swim on St. John.  A fundraiser, the race consists of three courses: Short Course from Maho Bay to Cinnamon Bay (1 mile), Intermediate Course from Maho Bay to Trunk Bay (2¼ miles), and Long Course from Maho to Hawksnest (3½ miles).

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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

May 29, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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JUNE 2020

Reef Bay Hike

Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday |9am-approx. 2:30pm | $60

This three mile guided hike of Reef Bay Trail takes about three and one half hours from the trailhead to the beach and ends with a 40-minute boat ride back to the Cruz Bay Visitor Center.
Book Here

Seminar Series: Full Moon Hike

June 5, Friday, 5-8pm | Free

Learn about the cultural and natural history of St. John as you hike to the ruins of Murphy’s Great House on the Johnny Horn Trail. As the full moon rises, you’ll witness spectacular moonlit panoramic views of the BVIs and Leinster Bay.
Book Here

Seminar Series: Hurricane Hole Mangrove Kayaking Tour

June 20, Saturday, 8am-1pm | $65 members/$95 non-members 

Join VI Expedition Co.,who has generously donated time and equipment, on a guided tour from Cruz Bay out to Princess Bay where you will spend the morning kayaking and snorkeling among the mangroves of Hurricane Hole.
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Seminar Series: Traditional Cultural Uses of Plants in the Virgin Islands

June 26, Friday, 9am-11am | Free for members/$30 non-members

Go for a walk in the forest with one of St. John’s leading cultural ambassadors, Delroy “Ital” Anthony, as he shares his vast knowledge of traditional plant uses, natural medicines, and VI history.

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OCTOBER 2020

Ocean Week on St. John

October 2020

Join us for "Ocean Week on St. John" (date tbd) and help keep our beaches trash free! The International Coastal Cleanup began more than 30 years ago, when communities rallied together with the common goal of collecting and documenting the trash littering their coastline.  That passion for protecting our coastline and marine life is integral to what we do.
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NOVEMBER 2020

Paddle the Park 2020

November 8, Sunday

This unique standup paddleboard race is the perfect way to help the Friends organization raise money for the protection of our marine environment. Held at beautiful Maho Bay, known for its sea turtles, this race offers three different courses, short, open and elite.Plus, there is a youth category so the whole family can have fun and help our turtle and ocean preservation efforts together!
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